Cheat Sheet: The Modern Kitchen
By Kelsey Keith / Published by Dwell
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From experts' picks on dish racks and cutlery to advice on building your dream kitchen, Dwell keeps the home fires burning with this handy cheat sheet.

Whether you use it as a place to scarf takeout or whip up five-course meals for your friends, the kitchen is the beating heart of any home. Grab a cold one (be it milk, beer, or the Brita filter) and peruse the Dwell archives for what utensils, design solutions, chopping strategies, and dish racks our design experts have recommended over the years. 

The Food Zone<br><br>Fine-tuning your cooking and dining areas pays off in more ways than just saving resources. As in other functional zones, their success starts with awareness: Where exactly does your food come from? Where exactly does your trash go after you haul it to the curb? Playing an active role in your family’s food cycle can be eye-opening, and it often helps spark an interest in improving other house zones.

The Food Zone

Fine-tuning your cooking and dining areas pays off in more ways than just saving resources. As in other functional zones, their success starts with awareness: Where exactly does your food come from? Where exactly does your trash go after you haul it to the curb? Playing an active role in your family’s food cycle can be eye-opening, and it often helps spark an interest in improving other house zones.

Plus, read more about Dwell kitchens, from architecture to flatware.

A Cutlery Above<br><br>The meal itself may be the main event, but your tender victuals aren't much of an attraction without a means to make their way from plate to mouth. Put aside the sporks as we test out the tastemakers of timeless flatware.

A Cutlery Above

The meal itself may be the main event, but your tender victuals aren't much of an attraction without a means to make their way from plate to mouth. Put aside the sporks as we test out the tastemakers of timeless flatware.

Best Dishwashers<br><br>Today’s dishwashers are quieter and more energy- and water-efficient than ever—giving you a little peace and quiet as well as peace of mind. The only thing they don’t do is unload the dishes themselves. We asked Bay Area professional chef and caterer Ginny Evans to weigh in on what works in a dishwasher. Her must-haves? A simple, uncluttered design; a top tray for cutlery; and an audible click when you close the door.

Best Dishwashers

Today’s dishwashers are quieter and more energy- and water-efficient than ever—giving you a little peace and quiet as well as peace of mind. The only thing they don’t do is unload the dishes themselves. We asked Bay Area professional chef and caterer Ginny Evans to weigh in on what works in a dishwasher. Her must-haves? A simple, uncluttered design; a top tray for cutlery; and an audible click when you close the door.

Colorful Kitchens<br><br>Architect Bruce Bolander designs houses with, generally, very awesome kitchens. He's not afraid of color, and likes to clad his clients' cabinets with laminate in bright and electric hues. We've gathered together some of our favorite of Bolander's kitchen designs, both bold and more muted, and asked him to tell us a bit about each project.

Colorful Kitchens

Architect Bruce Bolander designs houses with, generally, very awesome kitchens. He's not afraid of color, and likes to clad his clients' cabinets with laminate in bright and electric hues. We've gathered together some of our favorite of Bolander's kitchen designs, both bold and more muted, and asked him to tell us a bit about each project.

7 Sharply Designed Knives<br><br>Josh Epple, co-owner of one of the oldest butcher shops in California, Drewes Bros. Meats, graciously agreed to test our knives’ (pork) chops. Price and material are important factors to consider, but there’s no substitute for real-world experience. We offer a sage bit of culinary wisdom: Get a good knife.

7 Sharply Designed Knives

Josh Epple, co-owner of one of the oldest butcher shops in California, Drewes Bros. Meats, graciously agreed to test our knives’ (pork) chops. Price and material are important factors to consider, but there’s no substitute for real-world experience. We offer a sage bit of culinary wisdom: Get a good knife.

9 Dish Drying Racks

Dishes don't dry on their own and when you don't have a kitchen full of helpful towel-equipped guests at the ready, you're going to need a drying rack on which to place your freshly washed plates. We line up nine dish drainers to help you choose your sink-side assistant.

Kelsey Keith

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Kelsey Keith has written about design, art, and architecture for a variety of print and online publications.

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